Friday Nov 22, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Jazz historian Maxine Gordon, the widow of the tenor sax legend, presents a quartet of musicians including Doug Lawrence, Louis Hayes, George Cables and John Webber, to pay tribute to the late icon.
Jazz historian Maxine Gordon, the widow of tenor saxophone legend Dexter Gordon, has put together a quartet of musicians who are both directly and indirectly linked to the iconic tenor saxophonist. In many ways, this current quartet has come full circle from the late 1970’s (now some 40 years later), when Gordon had returned to the US (he played the KiMo in 1979) after living in Europe for 14 years and each of these musicians entered the “Dexter story.” Drummer Louis Hayes' prolific career includes appearances on some of the most historic recordings in jazz history with artists including Lester Young, Horace Silver, Nancy Wilson, John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, and Wes Montgomery. His connection with Gordon comes not only from performing and recording with him, but also from the early days of working with Gordon’s hero, Lester Young. Pianist George Cables, one of the most respected pianists in the history of jazz, also entered the Dexter Gordon story in the late 1970’s when he became a member of Gordon’s Quartet with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Eddie Gladden. Cables “brilliant and original” piano playing formed the cornerstone of that group. Renowned as the featured tenor saxophonist with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for the past 20+ years, Doug Lawrence first met Gordon in 1978 when he went to hear his idol perform at The Joyous Lake Club in Woodstock, NY. Soon thereafter, Lawrence began working with the great Buck Clayton–another of Gordon’s favorite musicians. Clayton told the New York Times that Lawrence reminded him of Lester Young. Both Clayton and Young were the foundation of the first Count Basie Orchestra, a band that Gordon loved, and for which Lawrence was offered the coveted “Lester Young” chair. Doug Lawrence and George Cables have a 25-year working relationship, but haven’t appeared together in New Mexico since their famous tour of the state in 1997. Described as the “tenor players’ bassist,” John Webber played regularly with Junior Cook, Von Freeman, Lin Halliday, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander and George Coleman, as well as with Dexter Gordon’s longtime friend and associate, Johnny Griffin, (who was also, incidentally, a big Doug Lawrence fan, once describing Lawrence on live radio in NYC as one of the very few young tenor players he liked). Webber has also recorded and performed with Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, and Jimmy Cobb, among others and was part of the 1997 New Mexico tour with Cables and Lawrence.
The Dexter Gordon Legacy Quartet will also be giving a Masterclass and Open Rehearsal on Wednesday November 22. 4pm at Outpost. Students in Outpost's Advanced Jazz class, along with others who are interested, will have the opportunity to play for the quartet members. Call Outpost for more info.